Road Runner
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Atari
1985
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Racing
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The first Looney Tunes arcade game, Road Runner gives players control of everyone's favorite speedy bird as he tries to outrun disaster-prone Wile E. Coyote, grabbing birdseed as he races through a series of increasingly twisty desert roads. The game travelled a rocky road of its own on the way to release, starting out as a much cooler laserdisc-based game with animated cutscenes and superior graphics, only to initially blow up like so much ACME brand dynamite before finding its way to the System 1 with a somewhat downsized vision. The original cabinet used a "hall effect" joystick that controlled both speed and direction, which is best emulated on MAME with an analog joystick, though it can be played with a standard 8-way stick as well, with less control.

Check out the rest of the Atari System 1 games on the theme pack page.

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